Later this year, Nickelodeon will be reinventing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon much in the way that IDW Publishing reinvented the TMNT comic line. While the core characteristics of the Turtles will remain intact, the creative teams behind these versions have gone in two very different directions. While IDW has gone for a more gritty and realistic (well as realistic as mutant turtles can be) version of the shelled foursome, Nickelodeon is going the other direction with a more kid friendly version much in the way the comics and cartoon series diverged over twenty years ago.
At Toy Fair, the Flickcast got to see some of these latest Turtles designs up close and personal. The first thing people will notice actually isn’t the turtles at all but the redesigns on Shredder, Splinter and April. Shredder’s redesign looks like it has some drastic anime inspired influences behind him. He has been beefed up in terms of muscles and has more exaggerated spikes on his armor than ever before. The same goes for the Foot Soldier’s who now have incredibly creepy white with red polka dotted eyes.
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This one comes directly from what we like to call the “Meh” department. Sure, some people may be huge fans of the Captain Planet and the Planeteers cartoon show, believe in its positive message and think it should be made into a live action feature film. And really, that’s fine. Positive messages are good.
However, some others, and a few around The Flickcast offices, see this news as yet another in a series of developments where it just seems like Hollywood has compleely run out of ideas and is now grasping at anything that even remotely seems to have the smallest chance of being made into a film. Yes, that’s a long sentence but you get the idea.
I supoose it could have something to do with the producer of the proposed live action Captain Planet adaptation: Don Murphy. In case you’re not familiar with his work he produced, most recently, Transformers: Turn off the Dark (or whatever its called). Obviously, the fact that his last movie made a butload of cash probably has something to do with his being able to get most anything (even a Captain Planet movie) greenlit.
Says Mr. Murphy: “We are extremely excited about bringing the good captain back to life. [The Captain's] adventures are known worldwide and he is recognized across generations.”
Ah hell, what do I know? I’m sure it will turn out to be the greatest movie since, well, the last Transformers. Although, that’s not much to live up to.
While we’ve been getting plenty of photos and news bits from upcoming Marvel films, there is still plenty of superheroics to be had on Disney XD every week, as Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes continues.
We’ve got a sneak peek of this weekend’s upcoming episode. Here’s the synopsis from Disney.
The secret of Kang is revealed in a new episode of “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” on Sunday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m., ET/PT on Disney XD. With no hope in sight, the Avengers make one last desperate gamble—and the fate of the world depends on their success.
Kang? Space? This series is definitely catored for more than your average pre-teen. Check out the full preview after the jump and catch the newest episode of Avengers this Sunday on Disney XD.
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Ever wonder how a company that makes purposefully faulty equipment that lands Wile E. Coyote in countless quagmires stays in business? Well, Warner Bros has the same question on their mind, as they just picked up a script for a film that will take place entirely in the ACME warehouse made famous by hundreds of Looney Tune cartoons.
The script comes from Dan and Kevin Hegeman, who’s previous work include Hotel Transylvania and Chris Columbus’ The Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom. They may not have a list of big credits under their belt, but they sure have moxie. Here’s the rundown from THR.
The Hageman brothers came up with the idea to build a feature film around the fictional ACME warehouse — the manufacturer of anything and everything used by many of the Looney Tunes characters, most fatefully Wile E. Coyote in his quest to catch the Road Runner. The writers brought their concept to producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee, who helped develop the project further.
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